HOQUIAM, Wash. – After a long fight with cancer K9 Enno has been put to sleep. Sgt. Jeff Salstrom had to make the difficult decision on Friday night to let his partner, Police Service Dog “Enno” pass away. Enno had been battling cancer since a tumor was discovered behind his eye back in October.
Sgt. Salstrom and his family were able to make arrangements for Enno at home. As a canine partner, a police dog is with his handler at work and at home; police dogs become a member of the officer’s family.
Enno’s health had significantly deteriorated in the preceding few days. Enno passed peacefully at home surrounded by the people that loved him the most.
Enno was a fighter to the end and enjoyed his months of retirement, even as he battled the cancer.
As a commissioned officer of our department, all of our officers are wearing mourning bands over our badges. Mayor Durney has ordered all flags at half-staff at city buildings through Wednesday.
Enno’s passing will also be recognized at the City Council meeting Monday night. He was officially “retired” in a Proclamation by the City Council on January 14, 2013.
“Enno was a wonderful dog and officer. All of his work on the street as well as an ambassador for our department was very important to all of us. It was sad to see him go, but I am glad that he is at peace.”
Sgt. Jeff Salstrom said on a Facebook page dedicated to Enno on Saturday “It is with much sadness that I tell you I had to put Enno to sleep last night. After a couple of days of declining health, it was time. He put up a valliant fight against his cancer for longer than I expected. I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. Enno was at home with his family and went peacefully.
HPD K-9 Enno – 01/08/03 – EOW 02/08/13